Experts say al-Shabab, also emboldened by instability under Somalia’s previous administration, is seizing the chance to expand its footprint and claim the killing of scores of Ethiopian security forces. The extremist group had never been able to conduct major operations inside Ethiopia. Al-Shabab has trained several thousand fighters for its Ethiopian “command,” mainly ethnic Somalis and Oromos inside Ethiopia, Bryden asserted. Al-Shabab has long regarded Ethiopia an enemy for its long military presence inside Somalia countering the fighters. On Tuesday, the country’s Somali regional president, Mustefa Omer, told a regional assembly that more than 600 al-Shabab fighters have been killed.
Source: Ethiopian News August 06, 2022 03:51 UTC